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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Non fried Refried Beans

Ah ! The joy of a quick dish when you plan ahead! For this I used beans I had previously soaked, cooked, and thrown in the freezer, onions I had chopped and frozen, AND chicken broth I had made and frozen.

My family often enjoys Mexican night... but I've never mastered refried beans from scratch, even when actually frying them.  But today is my lucky day, because I have some deliciousness working that will be unrivaled.

Or something.

What I tasted a minute ago was quite good.

2 1/2 cups pre-cooked kidney beans
1 cup chopped red onion
1 1/2 cup chicken broth
1 piece bacon, cut up
1 tbsp. dried cilantro
2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. sea salt

In a large pot, throw it all together.  Stir up.  Bring to a boil and then turn down to low to let the flavors meld.  Cook when everything reduces to mush. Pre-cooking and freezing the beans seemed to give these beans the exact texture I wanted.. like refried beans at the Mexican joint down the street.. but they had a heck of a lot more flavor.

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